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30 ways to shine as a new employee : a guide to success in the workplace / Bissonnette, Denise. -- Chatsworth, CA: Milt Wright & Associates, 1999. 130 p.

This do it yourself guide is a practical collection of ideas, tips and suggestions that will bring joy and success in everyday work life. Learn strategies to help with starting a new job, understanding workplace culture, meeting and exceeding employer expectations, setting goals, learning from mistakes, customer service, being a team player, thinking positive, controlling anger, dealing with difficult people, dealing with change, responding well to feedback and balancing work and life.

CC 331.59 BIS [P11090]

Appearances count / IRENE M. WARD & ASSOCIATES. -- [Columbus, Ohio]: Irene M. Ward & Associates, 2007. 1 DVD (19 min.) + Notes (4 looseleaf pages)

This DVD teaches essential grooming and hygiene skills. For those involved in supported employment, job placement, independent living training, or similar programmes, this uses humour to discuss sensitive subjects that can sometimes be difficult to talk about. It is a training resource designed to keep the attention of people with various types of disabilities. The notes also include a "routine checklist" which can be photocopied.

CC 371.9 APP [P13102]

Asperger's on the job : must have advice for people with Asperger's or high functioning autism, and their employers, educators, and advocates / Simone, Rudy. -- Arlington, Tex.: Future Horizons, Inc. 2010. xix, 156 p. ; 23 cm.

This book addresses the fact that the majority of people with autism are not employed despite many having above average intelligence. It is a resource to help employer's accommodate this growing population, and for the growing population to find and keep gainful employment. It is based on the author's own experiences and the experiences of over fifty adults with Asperger's from all over the world. It includes a forward by Temple Grandin.

SC/AUT SIM [P13395]

Asperger's syndrome workplace survival guide : a neurotypical's secrets for success / Bissonnette, Barbara. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2013. 208 p. ; 25 cm.

The workforce can be a difficult environment for people with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and this often impedes their ability to sustain meaningful and fulfilling employment. This book is a guide to surviving and thriving in the workplace for people with AS. It includes everything from realistic strategies for meeting employer expectations, to how to get along with your colleagues and work as part of a team, multitask and manage projects, and handle anxiety and effectively resolve problems. The advice will benefit anyone with AS who is entering the workforce, as well as those who struggle to maintain employment, or who want to improve their performance and advance their carers.

SC/AUT BIS [P15048]

Asperger syndrome and employment : a personal guide to succeeding at work / Dubin, Nick. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2007. 1 DVD (43 min.)

People with Asperger Syndrome (AS) can find it difficult to work in an environment that involves socialization with colleagues or a lack of routine. This DVD shows how success in the workplace is possible with perseverance and with the right supports and strategies in place. The author, who has AS, discusses his own experiences at work and highlights challenges common among employees with AS. There is practical advice on finding employment in line with interests, using job coaches, developing self-esteem, using strengths and acknowledging weaknesses.

SC /V ASP DUB [P12106]

Asperger syndrome and employment : adults speak out about Asperger syndrome / Edmonds, Genevieve, Ed.; Beardon, Luke, Ed. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2008. 176 p. ; 24 cm.

This book gives guidance on employment for people with Asperger's syndrome. The contributors describe their employment experiences and offer sound advice and insights. Useful not only for adults with Asperger's, but for family and friends, employment services and career advisors, and companies needing to know how, in practical terms, to accommodate employees with AS.

SC/ASP ASP [P12870]

Autipower! : successful living and working with an autism spectrum disorder / Jansen, Herman; Rombout, Betty. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2014. 176 p. ; 23 cm.

This is a series of candid interviews with adults on the autism spectrum that offers a unique insight into their work and life experiences. Through these accounts we hear of the many ways people with autism overcome challenges and used their autism traits for employment success. Also interviewed are autism professionals, career coaches and employers who discuss the value and great talents that people with autism bring to the workplace. The stories provide an insight into how the autistic mind works.

SC/AUT JAN [P15215]

Bar none employment resource guide -- Melbourne: Victoria. Office for Disability, 37 p. + DVD ; 30 cm. 40 p.

The Bar None Employment Campaign, run in Victoria, demonstrates simple ways of welcoming people with a disability into the workplace and the benefits of inclusive attitudes. It showcases 15 people with disabilities from around Victoria who work in a range of fields � from artists and opera singers to school teachers and business analysts. Their stories are a reminder of the contribution people with disabilities can make to building more diverse and dynamic workplaces. There are also tips for employers wanting to recruit people with a disability as well as people with a disability looking for work. Also available online at

CC 331.59 BAR [P14419]

Beyond expectations : employees with a disability / TAFE NSW Disability Programs Unit. -- Sydney: TAFE NSW Disability Programs Unit, [2008] 1 DVD

Profiles ten people with different disabilities who discuss their jobs, demonstrating the commitment and energy that people with a disability can bring to any business. It is hoped their stories will inspire other employers to consider the pool of talented employees with a disability.

CC 331.59 BEY [P12529]

Beyond expectations : experiences of people with a disability in employment / TAFE NSW Disability Programs Unit. -- Sydney: TAFE NSW Disability Programs Unit, [2008] 1 DVD

Profiling the stories of 55 people with disabilities in employment, this DVD showcases the skills, commitment and determination each of these individuals bring with them. It shows how these people are inspiring and challenging community expectations about what is possible for people with a disability.

CC 331.59 BEY [P12527]

Business for Aspies : 42 best practices for using Asperger Syndrome traits at work successfully / Stanford, Ashley. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2011. 238 p. ; 23 cm.

As most workplaces are a swirl of social interaction, people with a mental framework better suited to non-social tasks can often be overlooked and underutilised in such an environment. This book explains how those with Asperger Syndrome (AS) can get their talents recognised and become successful and indispensable employees. The author addresses many of the issues that can arise once a person with AS secures employment, through the eyes of both employee and employer. She shows that with the right supports and strategies it is possible to overcome the day-to-day challenges - and maximise strengths while minimising potential difficulties.

SC/AUT STA [P14047]

Can do: discussion kit / AUSTRALIA. Department of Human Services and Health. Disability Services Program. -- Canb: Department of Human Services and Health, c1994. 1 videocassette (22 min.): sd, col.; 1/2 in. VHS, booklet, bulletin in container

The video shows people with an intellectual disability getting a job, participating in further education and making use of employment opportunities. One of the four people featured is a young person with Down syndrome. For people with a disability, their families and staff.

CC 331.598 CAN [P05359]

The complete guide to getting a job for people with Asperger's syndrome : find the right career and get hired. / Bissonnette, Barbara. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2013. 199 p. ; 25 cm.

Finding a job is a confusing and anxiety-provoking process for many individuals with Asperger's Syndrome who may not know what they are qualified to do and may struggle to communicate their value to employers. In this book the author, an Asperger's employment expert, describes what it takes to get hired in the neurotypical workplace.

SC/AUT BIS [P15177]

Connections in the workplace : social skills reader / Stride, June. -- Verona, Wis.: Attainment Company, 2008. 215 p. ; 28 cm. + 1 compact disc

Aimed at adolescents, young people and adults, this illustrated social skills reader includes 35 short stories profiling Maria's and Jerome's experiences in the workplace. A compact disc includes printable PDF pages with activities.

CC 331.59 STR [P14280]

Developing a business idea / FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES. -- London: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 2009. 23 p. ; 30 cm.

This is an easy guide about developing a business idea, and aimed at people with an intellectual disability who may be looking at self employment. A copy can be downloaded at http://www.learning

CC 331.59 DEV [P14138]

Developing talents : careers for individuals with Asperger syndrome and high- functioning autism / Grandin, Temple; Duffy, Kate. -- Shawnee Mission, Kan.: Autism Asperger Pub. Co. 2004. xiii, 153 p.; 23 cm.

This book covers all aspects of the search for suitable careers for individuals on the autism spectrum. The author humanizes this challenging part of young adults' world by her own stories and sage advice. It emphasises developing social and communication skills and gives practical and step-by-step instructions. While written for people with AS, it is useful for parents, educators and career-guidance professionals.

SC/AUT GRA [P12543]

Dress and groom for the workplace / JIST. JIST Publishing, 2010. 1 DVD (30 min)

This DVD shows the do's and don'ts for dressing and grooming for the workplace by watching examples of what works and what does'nt in offices as well as blue-collar work environments. It also gives tips for creative shopping methods to find appropriate clothes on any budget, about developing a suitable style and how to use accessories.

CC 371.9281 DRE [P13093]

Eight easy ways to lose a job : and how to head in the right direction -- Indianapolis, Ind.: JIST Publishing, 2003. 1 DVD (20 min.)

This documentary demonstrates some of the more common reasons why people lose their jobs. On the job mistakes are acted out, analysed to see what went wrong and how staff can improve the situation. Topics include staff relationships with supervisors; job performance; dishonesty; reliability; and attitudes.

CC 331.59 EIG [P11107]

Employment for individuals with Asperger Syndrome or Non-Verbal Learning Disability : stories and strategies / Fast, Yvona. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2004. 336 p.

Gives guidance and advice to people with Asperger Syndrome who are looking for employment. Uses strategies in career planning to help select the right career path and discusses interview techniques and maintaining a career once successfully employed. Stories from people with Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities and Asperger Syndrome will give confidence to those that are unemployed and looking for work.

SC/AUT FAS [P10586]

Essentials of transition planning / Wehman, Paul. -- Baltimore, Md: Paul H Brookes, 2011. xv, 181 p. ; 29 cm.

This series was developed for the purpose of meeting the critical educational needs of students with disabilities who will be moving from school to adulthood. This book is about building the bridge to help students leave school and enter into communities successfully. It pulls together in a logical sequence the steps involved in making transitions a reality. Chapters include an overview and background; individual and community transition planning; developing a transition curriculum; planning for the future; writing and implementing the Transition Individualised Education Program; employment and community based choices; and strategies for funding and resources needed.

CC 331.598 WEH [P14578]

Facilitating workplace supports : job search, job design, learning the job, workplace culture -- St Augustine, Fl: Training Resource Network, [2007] 1 DVD (14 min.)

This DVD provides examples of how to develop natural supports for workers with disabilities. It focuses on the natural environmental support during the job search, job design, job training, and learning the workplace culture. .

CC 331.59 FAC [P12442]

A foot in the door : a program to enhance work experience opportunities for high school leavers with a disability, incorporating the Big Plan. Program manual / Kane, Sebastian; Moore, Steve. -- Cannington, WA: Canning Coalition, 2009. 38 p.; 30 p.

This manual describes a new program designed to help develop work experience opportunities for young people with a disability.

CC 331.598 KAN [P12568]

Getting a job : advice for family carers of adults with a learning disability / Barker, Dave. -- London: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 2014. 21 p. ; 21 cm.

This guide is to help adults with intellectual disabilies find employment. Families sometimes do not know how to go about helping their family member with intellectual disabilities into paid work. It offers valuable information to help families think about what they can do to support their family member. It is based on the belief that all people with intellectual disabilities can live fulfilled lives in the community and have the capacity to work with the right support. Some information is specific to Britain. It also can be downloaded online at:

CC 331.59 GET [P15321]

Getting a job : people with disabilities / MARCOM PROJECTS. -- Melb.: SBS, 1992. 1 DVD (30 min.)

The video follows the career path of two people with an intellectual disability - Stefana who has just left school and George who has been in open employment for some years.

CC 331.59 GET [P06054]

A guide to successful employment for individuals with autism / Smith, Marcia Datlow; Belcher, Ronald G; Juhrs, Patricia D. -- Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes, c1995. 305p

This handbook demonstrates how individuals with autism can perform effectively in the workplace. It includes specific job descriptions, problems likely to be encountered and modifications to the task or site that may be required.

SC/AUT SMI [P05613]

Helping adults with Asperger's syndrome get and stay hired : career coaching strategies for professionals and parents of adults on the autism spectrum / Bissonnette, Barbara. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2015. 224 p. ; 25 cm.

In this book the author, an employment expert, provides strategies that professionals and parents need to guide individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to manageable jobs, and keep them employed. Readers are given an insight into how people with Asperger's syndrome think and the common employment challenges they face. It explains how to build rapport and trust, facilitate better job matches, improve interpersonal communication and executive function skills, and encourage flexible-thinking and problem-solving. It aims to show the way to a brighter employment future for those on the autism spectrum.

SC/AUT BIS [P15516]

The hidden curriculum of getting and keeping a job : navigating the social landscape of employment : a guide for individuals with autism spectrum and other social-cognitive challenges / Myles, Brenda Smith; Endow, Judy; Mayfield, Malcolm. -- Shawnee Mission, Kan.: AAPC Publishing, 2013. vi, 99 p. ; 23 cm.

The hidden curriculum, those unspoken rules that most of us pick up unconsciously, are challenging for individuals with autism and similar socio-cognitive disorders. This book offers easy, simple to follow suggestions for how to avoid the social minefields in getting and keeping a job.

SC/AUT MYL [P14818]

How to find work that works for people with Asperger syndrome : the ultimate guide for getting people with Asperger syndrome into the workplace (and keeping them there!) / Hawkins, Gail. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2004. 319 p.

Offers advice to people with Asperger syndrome on what to expect when they are searching and applying for employment. The book discusses what employers generally look for in employees, how to create the right impression and how to deal with challenges on the way to securing employment. Advice is given on finding a job coach to provide support, the role of the family in the job seeking process and what role professionals play in connecting people to the right resources. Strategies using effective communication, role playing, assessing and prioritising, social skills and personal presentation are some of the tools examined. How to write a resume and interview techniques are discussed and making a successful transition into the job once the person is employed.

SC/AUT HAW [P10630]

I want to work : an Asperger story / Burge, Gary. Garry Burge, 2011. 84 p. ; 21 cm.

This book was written to raise awareness of the difficulties confronting adults with Asperger Syndrome. It is based on the author's personal experience of having Asperger Syndrome and his struggles as he passed through secondary school and into employment.

SC/AUT BUR [P14222]

Job hunting: a self help guide for families of job seekers with disabilities / Robertson, Susan K. / PE PERSONNEL. -- Perth: Proem Publications, c1992. 58p. + appendix

CC 331.598 JOB [P03852]

Job search handbook for people with disabilities / Ryan, Daniel J. -- Indianapolis, Ind.: JIST Works, 2011. xii, 292 p. ; 24 cm.

This book is intended to be a starting point for the job seeker with a disability. It gives an overview of the most important job search topics and how they relate to the individual with a disability. It addresses the issues that people with disabilities face as they search for jobs. It is also intended to be valuable to career development professionals in giving them a better understanding of the issues that job seekers with disabilities face so that they are better prepared to assist them.

CC 331.5907 RYA [P14122]

Job success for persons with developmental disabilities / Wiegan, David B. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2009. 157 p. ; 23 cm

This book provides a comprehensive approach to developing a successful job program for persons with developmental disabilities.It shows how by employing a step-by-step procedure for gaining insight into the client's strengths, analysing market opportunities, matching the client to the right job, and supporting the client after placement : service providers can help make a successful transition into positive, community-based employment.

CC 331.59 WIE [P12990]

Keys to the workplace : skills and supports for people with disabilities / Callahan, Michael J.; Garner, J. Bradley. -- Baltimore, Md: Paul H Brookes, 1997.

Written for employment facilitators, rehabilitation professionals, special educators and families to ensure appropriate, self-directed employment for people with disabilities. It provides specific, step-by-step instructions for teaching employees, analysing tasks, motivating workers and collecting data on jobs and employee performance.

CC 331.5907 CAL [P07576]

Kick-starting your child's career journey : a guide for families of young people with disability / Robertson, Sue. -- [Perth]: Developmental Disability WA;National Disability Services, 2016. 35 p. ; 30 cm.

This guide provides information to help families plan for their child's future employment. It discusses starting early while children are in school to consider options that may be available to them, raising an interesting person who has interests and hobbies that will help develop social skills, working in partnership with schools to develop a school-to-work transition plan. It also highlights important points to consider when choosing an employment support provider and different types of avenues to work including traineeships, creating your own business. This guide is also available online at

CC 331.59 ROB [P16030;P16031]

Let's make a difference : disability matters / Bajram, Bobby. -- Eight Mile Plains, QLD: Marcom Projects, 2008. 1 DVD (18 min.)

This program highlights the inspirational and happy stories of the great achievements people with disabilities are capable of. Hard and confronting questions are also asked and explored.

CC 362.4 LET [P15112]

Making work placement work / Lewis , Gregory M; Innes, Jeff A; Marjanovic, Eva V; Robertson, Susan K. -- West Perth: Proem Publications, 1993. 43p

Written to support teachers to plan work placements for students with disabilities. This book has specific strategies to help students gain maximim benefit from their work experience. It includes many checklists and other resources such as examples of duty statements and letters.

CC 331.5907 LEW [P08626]

No more job interviews: self employment strategies for people with disabilities / Doyel, Alice Weiss. -- St Augustine, Fl: Training Resource Network, 2000. 183p.

This book has been written from the perspective of a business owner with a disability, and provides excellent insight into starting and running a business. Aimed at persons with disabilities the book covers business planning, and uses case studies of specific businesses to illustrate what is being spoken of, and also talks about the role of the Internet both for doing business and for obtaining start-up information.

CC 331.59 DOY [P10692]

The right to have a say: a kit of tools for consumer participation / Renouf, Carole; Klause, Jenny. / REDFERN LEGAL CENTRE. Intellectual Disability Rights Service. -- Redfern: Redfern Legal Centre, 1992. 103p.

CC 362.3082 RIG [P01120]

The road ahead : transition to adult life for people with disabilities / Storey, Keith ed.; Bates, Paul ed.; Hunter, Dawn ed. -- St Augustine, Fl: Training Resource Network, 2008. viii, 271 p.

This book is for people with disabilities and their families and those who help them transition to a quality adult life. It looks at transition planning, assessment, instructional strategies, career development, adult employment, community functioning skills, social life, quality of life, self-determination, supported living, and post-secondary education.

CC 331.598 ROA [P12440]

Stepping stones -- Brighton: Pavilion, [2009] 1 CD-ROM + Booklet

This is designed to help people with learning disabilities towards employment. The programme, led by cartoon character Jo, guides the user to create a CV (or resume) and think about the right kind of employment for them. The user will learn how to look for work, develop time management skills, create their personal diary, find organisations that can help, and find examples of people and projects that have succeeded in work and training. It also enables people to learn about themselves and identify the right work for themselves.

CC 331.5907 STE [P13009]

A supported employment scheme for able adults with autism or Asperger syndrome / Mawhood, Lynn; Howlin, Patricia. -- London: The National Autistic Society, 1997. 39p

Report of an innovative supported employment scheme developed in the UK to address the specific needs of able individuals with autism/Asperger syndrome.

SC/AUT MAW [P09572]

Transition or transformation? : helping young people with Autistic spectrum disorder set out on a hopeful road towards their adult lives / Clements, John; Hardy, Julia; Lord, Stephanie. -- London: Jessica Kingsley, 2010. 170 p. ; 23 cm.

This book describes a programme developed over a number of years by teachers at a school for young people with ASD, which successfully enables autistic pupils to achieve their full potential. The authors explain in detail the challenges faced by the young people at the school and show how, encouraged by a culture of optimism and hopefulness, the programme developed their confidence and skills, with the result that many of them are now in employment. (Book cover) It also provides an exploration of the styles and techniques for building relationships, and concludes with a reflection on leadership and culture. Here the authors demonstrate that if the approach is adopted by an entire school and not just a handful of teachers, it really can work.

SC/AUT CLE [P13310]

When I'm at work -- Canberra: Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, 2009. 22 CD-Rom

The aim of the �When I�m at work� series is to bring together information about being at work. The resources that comprise the series focus on the workplace and provide information, scenarios, and suggested activities to assist you and the supported employees working in your Disability Business Service. Topics in these CD-Roms are as follows. Supported employee induction Solving complaints Workplace behaviours Retirement planning Working on a committee Using a computer Teamwork Solving problems Stopping abuse and neglect Bullying My rights/responsibilities Drugs and alcohol Being healthy (sunsmart, washing, posture) Implementation guide Disability Discrimination Act 1992 Using the �When I�m at work� series will help Disability Business Services meet the requirements of a number of Disability Services Standards. For example, it will be useful in relation to Standard 11 that requires the provision of appropriate and relevant training and skills for each staff member [Website]. Also available on the internet at

CC 331.59 WHE [P05404]

The wonderful world of work : a workbook for asperteens / Purkis, Jeanette. -- London;Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley, 2014. 126 p.; 25 cm.

This book is for teenagers on the autism spectrum thinking about their future career and wondering what's next after school. It seeks to demystify the world of work and help them figure out what kind of job might suit their skills and interests, and how to go about getting it. It looks at starting a new job, help for employees on the autism spectrum, workplace relations, trouble at work, and starting your own business.

SC/AUT PUR [P15296]

Work that works : a resource for supporting individuals with an autism spectrum disorder in the workplace / Roocke, Tim; Smith, Erin. / UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA; AUTISM ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA. -- Myrtle Bank, SA: Autism Association of South Australia, 2005. 38 p.

Explains strategies that can assist support workers to work effectively with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in their pursuit of open employment. Topics include an introduction to ASD, sections on communication, sensory issues, challenging behaviours, social difficulties and educating employers and employees. Also includes a functional analysis worksheet and information for employers on how to support people with ASD in the workplace.

SC / AUT ROO [P11833]

Working in the community / French, Helen; Watkins, Bryn. / W.A. ASSOCIATION FOR SELF ADVOCACY. -- Perth: The Association, c1992. 1 videocassette (12 min): sd, col.; 1/2 in. VHS

This video looks at different types of jobs people can do. It aims to help people to make a choice about gaining employment in the community. For people with a disability and staff.


Working relationships: creating career opportunities for job seekers with disabilities through employer partnerships / Luecking, Richard G; Fabian, Ellen S; Tilson, George P. -- Baltimore, Md: Paul H Brookes, 2004. xxii, 275 p.: 25 cm.

This book is a guide for employment service providers seeking to foster strong partnerships with employers and to start people with disabilities on a career path. It has helpful case studies and examples and gives a comprehensive picture of what employers need and want.It may also be helpful for job seekers.

CC 331.59 LUE [P12413]

Writing a business plan / FOUNDATION FOR PEOPLE WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES. -- London: Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities, 2009. 10 p. ; 30 cm.

This is an easy guide about writing a business plan, and aimed at people with an intellectual disability who may be looking at self employment. A copy may be downloaded at

CC 331.59 WRI [P14137]

The young job seekers, nos. 1-6 -- Middle Park, Vic: Seven Dimensions, 1984. 6 videocassettes (c10 min. ea): sd, col.; 1/2 in. VHS + notes

Skills needed to improve your interview technique are demonstrated. For general viewing.

CC 331.5907 YOU [P04663;P04829;P04830;P04831;P04832;P04833]

Your rights at work / INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RIGHTS SERVICE. -- Redfern, NSW: Redfern Legal Centre, 1987. 86p., ill., 28cm + 5 sound cassettes (239 min)

This set of tapes and book is about rights and responsibilities at work. It deals with pay, making complaints, how to work safely, how to keep your job, job contracts, other rights and responsibilites including your right to dignity, privacy, and freedom from sexual harassment and sex discrimination. Following the Disability Services Act, it is written for people with disabilities in both supported and open employment. Some of the information is old, but much still relevant and useful.

CC 331.59 YOU [P12787]